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Durable Deck Stairs

Ipé decking covers beefed-up stringers and a newel-post assembly that won’t rack

Scott Grice, a builder in Portland, Ore., knows about what makes good deck stairs, and he shares that know-how in this article. Grice builds durable deck stairs by focusing on basics: strong attachments to both deck and foundation; beefed-up stringers; and newel-post assemblies that resist racking. He also enhances stairs' durability in the details he uses, such as screwing treads from underneath and by hiding the framing. Grice also keeps in mind the importance of water drainage. This article includes a sidebar on supporting stairs without a slab.

Durable Deck Stairs
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